(Memphis) Three men are behind bars accused of robbing a Pizza Hut and customers inside.
It happened Monday afternoon at the Pizza Hut on Winchester across from the Hickory Ridge Mall.
Police say LaCarlton Stone, 22, entered the business with a handgun, took money from the cash register, robbed an employee and then turned his weapon on three customers sitting at a table.
“It appeared to be a mother and two daughters and both daughters were pregnant
and expecting children. So that’s who he chose to rob at gunpoint as well,” said Fred.
A man who only wanted to be identified as ‘Fred’ said he walked into the Pizza Hut in the middle of the robbery and ran out after Stone pointed a gun at him and told him to leave.
“I thought ‘this man is crazy.’ That’s why I ran out. It was kind of
surreal you know, it didn’t really register until after I ran out,” said Fred.
Fred says he ran to church parking lot and called police.
When police got there, witnesses told them they saw Stone get into a getaway car with two other men at the McDonald’s across the street.
Police stopped the car a few miles away, and along with Stone, arrested Tavarious Shipp, 19, and Jeffrey Summers, 18.
They say all three admitted to planning the robbery.
Stone is charged with aggravated assault and robbery.
Shipp and Summers are both facing three counts of aggravated robbery.